The Mayflower Hotel in is once again at the center of a political scandal — take a look at its iconic history

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The Mayflower Hotel is no stranger to political scandals.

This week, the hotel, which is know as Washington’s “second best address” after the White House, returned to the spotlightas Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

Sessions was questioned about an event at the Mayflower in April of 2016 where President Trump gave a pro-Russia speech. Sessions denied reports that he had a private meeting at the hotel with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

This isn’t the first time the Mayflower has found itself at the center of a political scandal.

Take a look back at the hotel’s history:


The Mayflower Hotel is located in downtown Washington D.C., five blocks away from the White House.

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It’s known as the “Hotel of Presidents” and was once was referred to by President Harry Truman as “Washington’s second-best address.”

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Doors first opened in 1925 with the inaugural ball of President Calvin Coolidge.

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Since then, many major US politicians have visited the Mayflower.

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When it first opened, the hotel had 112 apartments for longer term stays. These apartments had a kitchen, a sitting room, a fireplace, and a 24-hour attendant. President Kennedy rented an apartment there when he was a congressman.

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During JFK’s presidency, his mistress Judith Campbell Exner reportedly stayed at the Mayflower for a two years, splitting her time between the hotel and the White House.

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The hotel also featured prominently during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Members of the House who were trying to have President Bill Clinton impeached privately interviewed Monica Lewinsky in the hotel.

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In 2008, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was accused of meeting a prostitute at the hotel.


Spitzer booked room 871 at the Mayflower Hotel under the name of George Fox, a friend and donor of Spitzer.

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The hotel underwent a $20 million renovation, which was completed in April 2015.

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All of its 657 rooms were renovated.

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Rooms start at $216.14 per night, including taxes. The presidential suite costs starts at $731.66 per night, including tax.

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The hotel has its own restaurant and bar, called Edgar.

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The restaurant serves modern American food. It’s known for being a power-lunch destination and place for politicians to drink.

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